‘Blade’ Star Wesley Snipes Roasts Marvel’s ‘Blade’ Struggles

‘Blade’ Star Wesley Snipes Roasts Marvel’s ‘Blade’ Struggles

Originally “Blade” star Wesley Snipes is saying “lordy lordy lordy” to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which continues to hit speed bumps during the development of a new “Blade” movie that is set to star Oscar winner Mahershala Ali as the eponymous vampire hunter. The most recent hiccup for the MCU’s “Blade” arrived June 12, when it was announced that director Yann Demange was exiting the movie and that a new screenwriter,  Eric Pearson (“The Fantastic Four,” “Black Widow,” “Thor: Ragnarok”), was coming on board.

“Blade, lordylordylordy,” Snipes reacted on Twitter alongside the side eye emoji. “Folks still lookin for the secret sauce, ridin snowmobiles in traffic, kinda rough. Daywalkers make it look easy, don’t they?”

Marvel announced a “Blade” movie with Ali in July 2019. Bassam Tariq was the first director to join the project, although he exited in September 2022, roughly two months before the film was set to begin filming. Several screenwriters have also been announced through the years, from “Watchmen” scribe Stacy Osei-Kuffour to Michael Starrbury.

Variety reported last November that “Blade” had gone through at least five writers by that time. One person familiar with the script changes said the story at one point morphed into a narrative led by women and filled with life lessons. Speculation at the time said that Marvel was still looking to make the film but on a budget of less than $100…

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The post “‘Blade’ Star Wesley Snipes Roasts Marvel’s ‘Blade’ Struggles” by Zack Sharf was published on 06/17/2024 by variety.com